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Oakland goats missing, owner says they were taken

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — Oakland’s Ken Houston enjoyed his time at a community event called “Back to Basics.” However, things took a quick turn when he discovered his pet goats had disappeared overnight.

Houston says the goats disappeared while he was at the event. He believes they were taken between 7pm Friday night and 2am early Saturday morning.

The owner says he is concerned about the alleged kidnapping, as a similar one happened near Pinole in April. However, he hopes his goats will be brought back to him safely.

Houston kept the goats on a property near 91st Avenue in Oakland. The animals were fenced in by a chain link fence. He found the fence severed vertically with goats missing from the area as of Saturday morning.

Houston believes the goats were let out and lured in with pigpen chow he found on the ground by the fence. A black and red California Republic hat was also left near the crime scene.

In the picture from left to right: the goat fence, found hat, chicken feed

A white and brown spotted goat named MeanyMiny and a dark brown goat named Dakota are the missing animals. The goats were given to Houston by a friend.

“It’s awful … I’m so concerned,” Houston said. “You also work for the city of Oakland.”

Houston works for the non-profit organization Oakland Beautification Council. He also works on city contracts, including one on fire mitigation. The city uses the goats for vegetation control and fire protection. They help eliminate plant debris that can cause potential fires.

In addition, the goats take part in community and school events. Houston brings the pets into classrooms for educational purposes and allows the neighborhood kids and some co-workers to feed them.

“The kids in the neighborhood feed them every day,” the goats’ owners said. “The neighbors are upset too.”

Houston believes the alleged kidnapping was planned. He believes the goats were taken for sale or to a local slaughterhouse.

“I really think that would happen,” Houston said. “That was planned. We don’t think it’s against us. We think it’s for personal reasons.”

Houston has filed a police and civil crime report on the incident. The whereabouts of the goats are unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call 510-690-5499.

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Nate Jones

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